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Every month, you'll get three articles about the things you should know and three tips to improve accessibility. But don't worry, I'll keep things easy. So even if you're not a designer and you're just trying to do your best, you'll start to make impact in no time.
Many of these techniques will help you create interfaces that are more pleasant and easy to use for all people, not just those with disabilities.
And while you wait for the next edition, here are three tips to get you started:
1. Check your brand colours' contrast ratio
I'm using the ABC tool on every project I work on, whether to test or create colour palettes that offer the best contrast ratio. By adding your brand’s colours, you can generate a chart to see how they can be used together for accessibility, or find similar colours that work better.
2. Calculate the reading level of your copy
An accessible site starts with accessible content. Cognitive accessibility has been a major focus of the ongoing WCAG 3 draft, which recommends aiming for a lower secondary (7-9th grade) reading level. Use The Hemingway App to calculate the reading level of your content as you write it and make it easily understandable.
3. Reduce your digital carbon footprint
Your digital life isn't as green as you think it is. To counter your impact, there are things you can do. Like only uploading an image if it's really useful and ensuring you've optimised the file first. Every time you add code, it should also be the leanest code possible. You can use Website Carbon to measure the impact of your website.